Dozens of firefighters fight Wednesday for a massive fire that breaks out in a luxury hotel in West London, officials said.
The London Fire Department said 120 firefighters and 20 firefighters had been used against a "very visible fire" at the 12-story Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the affluent Knightsbridge area overlooking Hyde Park. [The hotel was evacuated.] The brigade said it had received about 40 phone calls because of the fire emitting "lots of smoke." The first call came just before 4:00 pm. 20 & Itemid = 32
"The smoke from this big fire was very clear this afternoon in Central London, and we received a series of emergency calls," said Pam Oparaocha, head of the London fire department fire in control
The London Rescue Service sent several casualties to the scene, including emergency response forces, said Graham Norton's deputy director.
"We have not treated patients, but we remain the scene as a precautionary measure," said Norton.
Images from the scene showed huge clouds of smoke billowing from the building into the skyline of London.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
Firefighters are likely to be there all evening, and once the fire is brought under control, fire investigators will take over to see how the fire started, "said Oparaocha.